(Sorrel River Ranch ) Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa, Moab, Utah
Top 10 Wild West Ranches in the US
SEPTEMBER 23, 2013 Guest ranches have become a staple of American lodging. For those who want to unplug from the modern world without sacrificing comfort, we've compiled a selection of the finest haycations in the wild, wild West. Happy trails.
1. Sorrel River Ranch Resort & Spa, Moab, Utah
For those seeking a horseback riding getaway with a generous side of luxury, Sorrel River Ranch is the perfect choice. Along with a private equestrian center, this 160-acre southwestern desert property features a full-service spa, fine farm-to-table dining with red rock views and boutique suites adorned with hand-crafted furnishings. Horseback riding experiences are available for all levels and include wrangler-led tours through the scenic highlands. When not saddling up, guests can sip and sup on tapas and wine on the river deck, sky dive over the red rock landscape, raft the Colorado River or day trip to the Canyonlands or Arches National Parks. Dating back to the early 1900s, the ranch offers history buffs a glimpse of its beginnings in its original two-room farmhouse.
2. Bar W Guest Ranch, Whitefish, Montana
Tucked between two pine-clad ridges at the base of Spencer Mountain, the Bar W Guest Ranch offers a full immersion ranch experience. Not only can guests take beginner cowpoke classes and horsemanship clinics, they can even try advanced lessons in roping, team penning and sorting cattle, and participate in a guest rodeo. At this year-round retreat, facilities include indoor and outdoor riding arenas, and there are hundreds of acres of foothills and open prairies to explore on horseback. For a unique getaway, sign up for the four-day cattle drive on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation. Meals incorporate high-end ranch fare with highlights such as dinner wagon rides, and accommodations include lodge rooms and cabin suites. Less than four miles from Whitefish, the ranch also offers big pike fishing, archery, cross-country skiing, ice fishing and wildlife viewing, from mule deer and moose to mountain lions and bears.
3. Bar H Bar Ranch, Soda Springs, Idaho
Hands-on means just that at this working ranch, where no more than six guests at a time saddle quarter horses, brand and vaccinate cattle, and ride parts of the old Oregon Trail. The nearly 12,000-acre ranch sits at the edge of the Caribou National Forest, home to elk and moose. Guests stay in rooms in the original ranch bunkhouse and dine on family-style meals that include homemade goodies such as pie and bread. Prepare to mend fences and rope little dogies rather than check your emails. This place isn't wired for the Web ... no phones or TV here, either. The bottom line: good old-fashioned fresh air and amiable, down-home hospitality.Read more: Fox News